Walking Across The Landscape II

Walking Across The Landscape II

Another image from my archive of unpublished work. Captured in October of 2010 not far from my home.

The storm system was dying out as I headed down the highway, but I know better than to quit too early, as these Fall thunderstorms usually yield a burst of final energy before dissipating. Once I was far enough away from town lights, I pulled off onto a gravel road and drove a half a mile before pulling over. I quickly got out and set up a composition based on the last strike I had seen. One of twelve images captured before the storm gasped its final breath.

Originally processed in LR3. Reprocessed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 this evening. I used their preset 'Cool Tint Smoothed II', made a few contrast adjustments, then deepened the blacks considerably. Finally, a bit of sharpening, noise reduction, and a crop to create a more pleasing image.